From 2010 through 2014 the Community and Campus Energy Challenges were a unique way to encourage greater understanding that the choices people make about their energy lifestyles have a global impact.
Community Energy Challenge: Rothsay, Minnesota
Residents of Rothsay, Minnesota, worked together to reduce the energy use of their entire town, every business and every home. Students in the community played a leadership role to accomplish that goal.
- Reduce the entire community's energy use by 10 percent to 15 percent by 2015.
- Help our Rothsay customers save money on their energy bills through sustainable behavioral changes.
- Model next-century energy habits for family, neighbors, the state, the country, and the world.
Results: Almost 2 million kwh of energy savings
Campus Energy Challenge: Crookston, Minnesota
The students at the University of Minnesota, Crookston, led the Campus Energy Challenge to reduce the energy use of their campus.
- Reduce energy use on the entire campus by 10 percent to 15 percent by 2015.
- Identify and invest in more efficient heating and cooling systems, ventilation, and lighting.
- Save money on campus energy bills through operational and behavioral changes.
- Teach everyone involved how to optimize their energy use on campus and at home.
Results: More than 1.2 million kwh of energy savings